Lochside 27 yo (60.5%, James MacArthur, grain, late 1980’s) This one was probably distilled in the very early 1960’s. Colour: gold. Nose: extremely spirity at first sniff, not too far from raw medicinal alcohol. Hints of almond milk, apple spirit, grass… Much less (good) oak than in the Clan Denny, although there is a little vanilla, as well as cologne. But water will probably make it more aromatic… With water (at roughly 45%): no, that didn’t work, it almost killed the whisky – or, at least, made it almost silent (something to try with Mariah Carey?) We have just a few coffeeish notes developing. Mouth (neat): nicer than on the nose when neat but very hot, with the tannins assaulting your tongue right away. Something like caramel-flavoured cask strength vodka. Water is obligatory here. So, with water: oh, it got extremely sweet, not unlike banana liqueur or parfait amour. The tannins got also stronger and rather drying. Lacks mellowness. Finish: long but frankly drying and to sugary despite the pleasant notes of violet sweets that come as the signature. 79 points.
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